It’s summer, and that means that sunflowers have grown up and bloomed to brighten the garden. The birds await the seeds to ripen, and soon the goldfinches will be pecking at the centers to have a meal. It’s a beautiful sight, bright yellow birds perched atop happy, yellow flowers.
To create the poster above, I used one of my own yellow sunflower photos. In the graphics program I created layers of the flower in shades of orange, yellow and red. When I put them all together, I gave the final image a painted look. The poster is available for purchase at my Zazzle store, DustyFarmPaper, and comes in sizes that range from small to huge (48×40 inches).
Because of their amazing height, the sunflower is one of the easiest flowers to photograph. They tend to be eye-level or taller, which means a background of blue sky is easy to achieve. The bright yellow and blue make a pretty contrast, as in this photo by bluesnap. Click the image to use it yourself, for free, at Pixabay.
Two photos were merged by this artist to create a sunflower landscape at sunset. I love the effects of shadows as the sun sets with an orange glow. This picture can also be found at Pixabay and the user lists links to the two photos she used to create this end product.
Sunflowers appear on just about any product you can want, and that includes Stationery and Paper Goods. They make beautiful bouquets for country brides, and work well as a cut flower centerpiece for a summer party.
These are only a few of the fabulous pictures of sunflowers out there. Maybe you have some of your own to share. Leave a comment so we can track down your blog and see what you have.
Although I have almost an acre of land, most of it is low-lying forest and wetlands. My backyard is a narrow strip, with the sun hitting part of it only 6-7 hours a day. I do my best, trying to plant crops in the space that gets the most sun. It’s a challenge when I have to rotate plantings each year. The photo below was taken last summer (2014). That is pretty much my entire backyard. I plant flowers and vegetables along the edge of a slope, which drops off to woods beyond. Only the part near my deck gets enough sun for good vegetable growth. I concentrate my plantings there.
Photo Above: See my new propagated hydrangea there in the front?
I’ve added raised fabric beds to the area, which has been a great help. Last fall I planted my garlic bulbs, and they are doing very well – better than any garlic I’ve ever attempted to grow. I hope the bulbs will end up being nice and big.
What begins as lots of space, quickly fills in when the plants grow and expand. The tomatoes grew great last year (picture below) right up until they all died of late blight! It was depressing.
It’s a constant battle with the black raspberry plants (or are they blackberries?) that threaten to overrun the yard. They grow upwards from the slope, where I think they were purposely planted to hold the earth in place. It’s one of the few berries I dislike. It figures that I have tons of them! They are eaten by the chipmunks and birds, when my cats are not around.
Raspberries grow at the side on my house, and I can find many wild strawberries in the yard. The strawberries I planted have become overrun by weeds, and I didn’t have enough space for a proper strawberry field. Occasionally I find a few nice ripe berries to munch while I survey my garden. The sunflowers are volunteers that sprout wherever they choose. The seeds self-plant from when I feed the birds in winter.
I sometimes wish I had acres of land to roam and plant, but I’m content with what I have. It takes a lot of time to garden, and especially when you do it all alone.
I work online. I spend anywhere from 5 to 10 hours a day online either creating for my Zazzle stores or promoting products. But, after my laptop began giving me trouble, I was forced to buy a new computer. I’ve gone from a pc to a Mac and that means a learning curve. My biggest problem is figuring out the photo area. With the option of “pictures” and “iPhoto” I can’t seem to integrate the two, or access the photos I want when I want.
Along with all this brain crowding of technology that I dislike immensely, my vegetable gardens have been overflowing with cucumbers, zucchini, parsley, and now tomatoes. It’s almost time to plant lettuce and peas for the fall season so there is garden clean up to do as well.
Fortunately the weather has been great. In fact, it’s been very cool. When I went to the dump yesterday I noticed that some trees are beginning to change color! Does this mean the foliage season will begin early?
My hydrangeas, on the other hand, are not blooming. The plants have grown nicely, but the macrophyllas are disappointing. Now I am wondering if I fertilized them too much in Spring. Or was the summer too cool? I’m not sure, but after waiting a year for my beautiful blue hydrangeas to bloom, I have only ONE bud that will be blue. On the other hand my Pinky Winky is looking wonderful! A little lop-sided thanks to the munching from the deer, but it’s full of flowers and they look so pretty. Once I get my photos straightened out I will share my pictures here.
I’ve never grown the Limelight hydrangea nor been around any of the shrubs. I purchased two of this type bush in Spring this year and planted them in front of my house.
Figuring that they would need this summer to grow good roots and become hardy, I didn’t expect flowers, so what a nice surprise to see them begin budding!
Sure enough, more and more little round petals began to form and now both bushes are filled with the elongated, lacey looking flowers. I expect that as the flowers age they will become more green. I am very happy with these healthy looking plants. I highly recommend the Limelight hydrangea as a perennial planting for your yard.